Business Briefs

January 01, 2006

Long & Foster

FAIRFAX, Va. - Long & Foster Real Estate has launched a Web-based tool called The System, which allows each Long & Foster sales associate to have a personal, customizable Web site at no cost to the associate.

The System allows sales associates to manage property listings and leads in a personalized, online environment. Consumers can access all homes for sale on each agent's personal Web site.

The System contains interactive features for consumers to use. Clients can search many Multiple List Systems (MLS), view virtual tours of properties online, set up alerts so they will be notified instantly when new properties that fit their criteria become available, schedule property showings and e-mail their agent for answers to additional questions.

Tower Bancorp

GREENCASTLE, Pa. - The Board of Directors of Tower Bancorp Inc. declared a first quarter cash dividend of $.24 per share at the Dec. 14 meeting. The $.24 per share is 9.1 percent higher than the 2005 first quarter dividend. The dividend will be paid on Jan. 23 to shareholders of record as of Jan. 6.


Ocker & Associates

FAYETTEVILLE, Pa. - The tax staff of Ocker & Associates, PC, a certified public accounting and consulting firm in Fayetteville, recently attended a two-day tax seminar on individual tax issues.

The seminar was held Nov. 21-22 at the Wyndham Harrisburg-Hershey hotel in Harrisburg Pa. It was presented by Gear Up Co., which specializes in seminars to update tax and accounting professionals.

The seminar covered tax planning ideas and 2005 tax law changes.

A Little Help, Child Care Connections

CHAMBERSBURG, Pa. - A Little Help and Child Care Connections Inc. have opened new offices at The Avenues, 550 Cleveland Ave., Chambersburg.

A Little Help, run by Charles Hill, LMFT, and Carol Creed, specializes in marriage and relationship counseling.

Child Care Connections, founded by Terry Graham, monitors and provides guidance to in-home childcare providers in Franklin County, Pa., to ensure they comply with the appropriate state regulations.

Edward Jones

Local Edward Jones investment representatives will host a free satellite broadcast, "Making Sense of the Headlines," Tuesday, Jan. 10, at 11:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m., at a variety of locations.

The broadcast, featuring financial columnist Jeremy Siegel, will focus on how major events affect the economy and one's investment decisions.

To reserve a seat or for information, call one of the following representatives: Greg Garner, 301-733-9465; Joan Bowers, 240-420-8514; Cort Meinelschmidt, 301-766-7300; Shelby Penn-Ross, 301-733-0625; Gary Clark, 301-371-0041; and Todd Streett, 717-597-1713.

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